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Press Release #06-22

Contact: Kay Sarlin (212) 442-7033

City Previews Models of Proposed Street Furniture Designs

Bus Shelter, Newsstand and Public Toilet are Displayed

The New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) today previewed models of the proposed automatic toilets, newsstands and bus shelters that will be installed Citywide under the coordinated street-furniture franchise in New York City. The models shown are not the final furniture designs; they were installed so that New York City officials, and other parties involved in the process, can review the proposed design and materials in scale and perspective and suggest design changes as needed. The City of New York is currently in negotiations with Cemusa, the street furniture company, for a franchise agreement to install, maintain and operate street furniture for 20 years. During the life of the contract Cemusa will pay the City over one billion dollars in exchange for the right to sell advertising space on the structures.

“We’re nearing the finish line and we hope to have an agreement with Cemusa in the coming weeks,” said DOT Commissioner Iris Weinshall. “We feel confident that New Yorkers will be excited about the final designs.”

“Cemusa is committed to bringing New Yorkers the world-class street furniture they deserve,” said Cemusa, Inc, CEO Toulla Constantinou. “I look forward to continuing that tradition in New York, and thank the Mayor and the DOT for giving us this opportunity to work together toward the betterment of New York,” she said.

Cemusa currently delivers a range of services to Miami, San Antonio and Boston as well as 110 cities throughout Europe and North and South America. At no charge to the City, Cemusa will provide approximately 3,300 new bus stop shelters, 330 new newsstands and up to 20 automatic public toilets. Cemusa expects to create over 100 new jobs in New York City and has committed to using local vendors for the fabrication and installation of the project. The franchise structures are designed by the world renowned firm Grimshaw Architects, the same firm that is designing the Fulton Street Transit Center in Lower Manhattan. The new street furniture’s distinctive design will enhance and enliven the streetscape while standing up to the rigors of sidewalk life in New York City.

The photographs below are models and not the final designs.

Automatic Public Toilets provided by Cemusa
Front and side view of Newsstand provided by Cemusa
Side view of Newsstand at 1st Avenue and 58th Street
Front view of Newsstand provided by Cemusa